Nearly 100 children were evacuated from their classrooms on September 24, 2018 when a huge sinkhole opened up at Drumgossatt National School, near Carrickmacross in Monaghan, Ireland.

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School evacuated after giant sinkhole and cracks open up in the ground. via Twitter

The collapse of a disused Gypsum mine in the region has been cited as the cause of the subsidence.

While the school was closed immediately, and an appeal was made for parents to collect their children, there were no injuries.

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More than 100 children have been evacuated after these cracks and the ground collapsed in Ireland. via Twitter

The Health and Safety Authority said they will follow up on the incident with the owner of the mine: “We are aware that an old section of the Gypsum mine in the area (no longer in use) has collapsed. We are not aware of injuries as a result and we will follow up with the company as appropriate,” the HSA said.

Here some more pictures of the ground collapse:

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via Twitter
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That was a close shot! These children have been really lucky!

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